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View Poll Results: Which HK skyscraper do you like the most or is the most symbollic for the city?
Bank Of China Tower 116 56.04%
Jardine House 4 1.93%
2 IFC 52 25.12%
HSBC Centre 4 1.93%
Central Plaza 9 4.35%
The Centre 7 3.38%
Cheung Kong Centre 1 0.48%
The Landmark 1 0.48%
Pacific Place 2 0.97%
Lippo Centre 9 4.35%
other 2 0.97%
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Old January 6th, 2006, 06:14 AM   #61
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I never knew the centre to be so underrated ...
it touches the ground better than most scrapers and it looks
just as stunning as BOC ...
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Old January 6th, 2006, 06:31 AM   #62
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Best way to see how the two skyscrapers (2-IFC and ICC) present themselves is to look at them at a far distance somewhere west of the harbour, probably near Lantau Or if you're in a jetfoil from Macau on the the way to HK.

True that the ICC might not get too much attention as most skyscrapers in Central (especially the 2-IFC) if you view it from The Peak. Just like the Hopewell Centre back in the days. But lets see what will happen when these projects are finished.
I remember the days when I thought Hong Kong had the best skyline in the world when it was just the BoC, Central Plaza and Centre representing HK's tallest soaring above the city. The 2-IFC and ICC both going well above 400m just completely throw it over the top and put the final stamp that it really doesn't need. Of course, I welcome them with open arms nonetheless!

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The Centre is somewhat underrated but it gets alot of attention at night. But compared to The Bank of China, it has a good location since there are no other supertalls surrounding it.

The Centre's presentation at night is one of the big reasons why I fell in love with it so much. Is there a better lit building... in the world? I'm not so sure there is, but the Centre is most definitely among the best.

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Isn't it interesting how you got the tallest skyscrapers positioned in HK Island. You got The Centre guarding the west, Bank Of China / 2-IFC guarding the centre and Central Plaza guarding the east
Yes, it worked out rather nicely.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 06:40 AM   #63
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I remember the days when I thought Hong Kong had the best skyline in the world when it was just the BoC, Central Plaza and Centre representing HK's tallest soaring above the city. The 2-IFC and ICC both going well above 400m just completely throw it over the top and put the final stamp that it really doesn't need. Of course, I welcome them with open arms nonetheless!
HK to me is still the best skyline in the world even with the 2-IFC and then the ICC. At least both buildings have top-notch designs. But I'm wondering how strong the foundaton supporting the 2-IFC. It's built on reclaimed area!

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The Centre's presentation at night is one of the big reasons why I fell in love with it so much. Is there a better lit building... in the world? I'm not so sure there is, but the Centre is most definitely among the best.
The Torre Agbar in Barcelona is also beautifully lit
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Old January 6th, 2006, 06:47 AM   #64
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Oh, allow me to make it clear that I by no means view the 2-IFC or ICC as detrimental to HK's skyline, because they are both incredible designs that do and will make it all the more breathtaking. I'm just saying that I thought HK's skyline was still the best even without them!

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Old January 6th, 2006, 06:55 AM   #65
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Oh, allow me to make it clear that I by no means view the 2-IFC or ICC as detrimental to HK's skyline, because they are both incredible designs that do and will make it all the more breathtaking. I'm just saying that I thought HK's skyline was still the best even without them!

I've been saying the same thing on other threads on how HK's skyline is already magnificent without the 2-IFC or ICC.

Anyway, The Centre still gets recognition but there is one landmark skyscraper that is not getting too much recognition nowadays. I don't care about the height but is a landmark scraper

The HSBC Building by Sir Norman Foster

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Old January 6th, 2006, 07:12 AM   #66
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The HSBC Building is without a doubt one of the most valuable architectural gems Hong Kong has to be proud of. A couple more favorites of mine:

Lippo Centre



Highcliff

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Old January 6th, 2006, 07:22 AM   #67
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The Lippo Centre would look good in any Australian city. Anyway, It was originally The Bond Centre and was owned by Alan Bond who was one of Australia's richest men before he was incarcerated.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 07:52 AM   #68
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Alright WANCH, we've got a little back-and-forth convo going here on HK skyscrapers while nobody else is posting at the moment, so I'm curious to know what your top ten list of Hong Kong's skyscrapers looks like?
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Old January 6th, 2006, 08:09 AM   #69
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Here's my top 10

1) Bank Of China Tower
2) 2-IFC
3) Central Plaza
4) The Centre
5) HSBC Centre
6) Lippo Centre
7) Jardine House
8) Highcliff
9) Far East Financial Centre
10) PLA HQ building
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Old January 6th, 2006, 08:17 AM   #70
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I love that 2 IFC tower
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Old January 6th, 2006, 08:20 AM   #71
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I like it as well especially the crown The tower is sure strong enough since it was built on reclaimed land!
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Old January 6th, 2006, 08:31 AM   #72
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My top ten always seems to mix around and change a lot with the exception of the Top 2, which are stapled into their place. It's already a little different than the Top Five I had posted on Page 2 of the same thread, but I think I've finally made up my mind:

01 - Bank of China
02 - 2 IFC
03 - Central Plaza
04 - The Centre
05 - Lippo Centre
06 - HSBC
07 - Highcliff
08 - Jardine House
09 - L'Hotel Repulse Bay
10 - 1 Peking

ICC will most definitely take a Top 3 position and may even take 2-IFC's place depending on how impressive the finished product really is. I'm expecting to be completely astounded.
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Old January 6th, 2006, 10:30 AM   #73
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The L'Hotel in Repulse Bay is very impressive. The One Peking Road has a nice post-modern architecture but I don't really find the building that fascinating at all!
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Old January 6th, 2006, 11:25 AM   #74
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The L'Hotel in Repulse Bay is very impressive. The One Peking Road has a nice post-modern architecture but I don't really find the building that fascinating at all!
To be honest, I can't really put my finger on why I like it so much myself. Its just one of those buildings that rubs me the right way when I look at it and is pleasing to the eye. No matter, it will soon be booted out of the top ten in the near future.
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To be honest, I can't really put my finger on why I like it so much myself. Its just one of those buildings that rubs me the right way when I look at it and is pleasing to the eye. No matter, it will soon be booted out of the top ten in the near future.
It looks nice because of the post-modern architecture but it just lacks the height. But does look futuristic

Anyway, HK's skyline is looking very similar to Lei Wu Long's stage in the game, Tekken 2
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Old January 8th, 2006, 08:12 AM   #76
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I like One Peking Road. It looks very clean and sleek to me.

I don't like L'Hotel in Repluse Bay. It's ugly, and off balance.

A lot of people like 2IFC, but if it's the same proportion but shorter, would people still like it as much? In other words, how many people like it because it's tall? From Star Ferry in TST, it looks so much bigger than everything else (because of the distance) and seems out of place.
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If the 2-IFC was the same level of height as the 1-IFC, I don't think it will get much attention. That development reminds me of the World Financial Centre in Lower Manhattan.

Anyway, this to me is a better landmark for Repulse Bay

The Repulse Bay
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Old January 8th, 2006, 06:15 PM   #78
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I like One Peking Road. It looks very clean and sleek to me.

I don't like L'Hotel in Repluse Bay. It's ugly, and off balance.

A lot of people like 2IFC, but if it's the same proportion but shorter, would people still like it as much? In other words, how many people like it because it's tall? From Star Ferry in TST, it looks so much bigger than everything else (because of the distance) and seems out of place.
Of course, people like it because its tall. Being tall is what makes a building a skyscraper. Not every high-rise building makes a skyscraper... in fact, I don't consider anything under 700 ft. (not necessarily to the roof) to be skyscraper material, what so ever. It can be a very impressively designed highrise building, but not a skyscraper.

2-IFC being as enormous as it is is completely appropriate... it is HK's final way of showing that it is the G.O.D. on the block. Oh, but they do have a 1,588 ft. tower under construction right now though, don't they? Put the crown where it's at.

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Old January 9th, 2006, 12:53 AM   #79
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Bank of China Tower!
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Old January 9th, 2006, 02:14 AM   #80
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I think IFC
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